Get to know Hermeus and the future of hypersonic aircraft travel. Hermeus is a startup developing hypersonic aircraft to connect the world faster than ever before. At Mach 5, more than twice the speed of the supersonic Concorde, passengers will be able to cross the Atlantic in 90 minutes.
Airplanes and Hot Takes
41:53The Hermeus Flight Test team hops on the podcast to judge, drool over, and poke fun at famous aircraft. We've got an Air Force test pilot, a Navy test pilot, and a flight test engineer from the Royal Air Force – their knowledge runs deep and their opinions are strong! PODCAST GUESTS AJ Piplica – Founder, CEO Don "Krash" Kaderbek – VP of Test Pat "Vanna" Svatek – Director of Propulsion Test Mick "Ramjet" Mansfield – Director of Flight Test The Flight Test team is hiring! https://www.hermeus.com/careers
Special Guests from 'Real Engineering'
48:40Real Engineering is probably our favorite channel on YouTube. They unpack some of the world's most epic engineering challenges with clarity and depth. It was a pleasure to have the channel's creator Brian McManus and his colleague Graham Haerther on the podcast to chat about the art of science communication and the future of YouTube and digital media. And yes, there just might be a forthcoming Real Engineering video about hypersonic flight...
The Dream Team Assembles!
44:37From Skunk Works, Blue Origin, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency – our board of advisors create a dream team of aerospace wisdom. In this episode we're joined by members of our Board of Advisors to chat about the Hermeus early days and the progress we've made. Rob Meyerson, Rob Weiss, and Keith Masback were some of Hermeus earliest supporters. They bring together a wealth of knowledge from the aerospace world and we are privileged to have them as our advisors.
Defense Tech, Startups, and More with John Coogan
49:12Thrilled to host special guest John Coogan on the podcast. John's working on a video about us and took an hour to hop on the pod to chat about running startups, starting a YouTube Channel, and of course, fast airplanes! 00:04 – President for a day? Bring back the SR-71 01:47 – Technical recruiting in the early days of a startup 02:50 – John's background: Soylent and Lucy 06:40 – Lessons learned from building two companies 10:18 – Defense Tech and Founders Fund 15:15 – Is there a key indicator for startup success? 17:44 – Authenticity, communications, brand, and social media 28:02 – Different types of "risks" in venture-backed startups 36:55 – Skunk Works – what made them so special? 41:54 – John's impressions of Hermeus
Startups 🤝 DoD (Special Guest Lt. Gen. Clint Hinote) – The Hermeus Podcast 19
1:17:53Lieutenant General Clint Hinote's 35-year career in the Air Force has taken him from inside the cockpit of an F-117 to inside the Pentagon. He has most recently been focused on how to best leverage innovative technology to fortify national security. Freshly retired, we were honored to have him join us for a chat about how startups and the Department of Defense can better work together. 00:51 – Lt. Gen. Clint “Q” Hinote introduction 09:14 – The Future Force 17:11 – What startups wanting to work with the DoD should know 27:23 – Relationship with Venture Capital, entrepreneurs, and the DoD 29:27 – How can the DoD signal to Venture Capital what they need? 38:25 – aligning timelines between the startup, the VCs, and the customer 41:27 – Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution 44:33 – The Defense Department is not a market, it’s a customer 47:37 – Building relationships and trust while working with the government 50:12 – Learning, iterating, risk-taking 54:55 – NASA getting contracting right with COTS program 01:07:18 – Balancing what we’re asking the military to do now and what we’re asking them to do in the future 01:11:07 – “Purple thinking”: branches of the military working together
Hypersonic Fever! With Chris Combs and Alex Hollings
1:16:30Oh do we have a treat for you! We're joined by a couple hypersonic "influencers", Dr. Chris Combs of the University of Texas at San Antonio and Alex Hollings, the Editor in Chief of Sandboxx News, for a thrilling, engaging, and occasionally controversial conversation about the state of hypersonics in the world today. 00:00 - Intros 03:06 - What is hypersonics? What is hype and what is reality? 08:58 - Hypersonic planes vs hypersonic weapons 13:07 - What are the most interesting problems in hypersonics? 18:50 - Airplanes are objectively cool 22:00 - Airplane development timelines 24:57 - Testing and developing complex air and spacecraft 37:43 - NASA vs SpaceX development approach 55:27 - Assessing risk and how failure breeds success 58:02 - Perceptions vs reality 01:00:15 - Scramjet, boost-glide, and ramjet hypersonic flight 01:01:42 - Highly coupled systems 01:03:43 - The hardest thing about hypersonics: people 01:10:02 - Alex Hollings on Hermeus and Defense reporting 01:14:41 - Wrap up and where to find Chris and Alex
Hermeus in the Cloud (the AWS cloud that is)
38:52In this episode of the podcast we bring on a couple all-stars from our Amazon Web Services team to discuss how we approach software development, high performance compute, data storage, and security. Naturally, the conversation gets into some AI and ML speculation and sci-fi movie talk. PODCAST GUESTS: Nandu Shah: VP of Information, Hermeus Jay Naves: Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS Scott Dieckhaus: Aerospace World Wide Solutions Leader, AWS Scott McCutchen: Senior DevOps Engineer, Hermeus
SXSW Special – Atoms vs Bits: Complex Hardware Makes a Comeback
58:47Hypersonics, space, nuclear, carbon capture... Complex hardware is making a comeback and creating an exciting future! Hermeus Founder and COO Skyler Shuford is joined by Darby Dunn of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Casey Handmer of Terraform Industries, and space industry expert Lauren Lyons to discuss how hardware companies will change the world by 2050.
What is "Hard Tech"?
54:46We call ourselves a "hard tech" company. Not only because we're so hardware focused but also because of the magnitude of the challenge we're facing in building hypersonic aircraft. In this episode we talk about what makes a company a hard tech company and why we're all drawn to jobs making hardware. In this podcast: Marty Berman: Director of Content & Marketing Skyler Shuford: Founder and COO Nandu Shah: VP of Information Glenn Case: Founder and CTO If you're at SXSW this year, see Skyler on stage for the Atoms vs Bits panel! He'll be chatting with Darby Dunn, Lauren Lyons, and Casey Handmer about all things "hard tech". More information here: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2023/events/PP128759
All Things Additive (3D Printing)
39:46If it isn't obvious how excited we are about additive manufacturing – just listen to 10 minutes of this episode. 3D printing allows us to iterate quickly, minimize waste, and have more control over our supply chain. In this episode we talk about all these things and speculate about the promising future of additive. PODCAST GUESTS Glenn Case – Founder, CTO Sam Kelly – Additive Manufacturing Engineer Matt Karesh – Technical Business Development Manager, Velo3D Jordan Fisher – Senior Propulsion Engineer